Beginner Mountain Bike course


Have you always wanted to try the exciting sport of mountain biking but don’t have a bike and/or feel a little intimidated?

Or maybe you have a bike but its been so long since you’ve rode that it is sitting in the garage collecting dust.

Check out the L2S women’s beginner mountain biking course!

This program will follow the same model as our popular trail running courses: guided and coached rides at beginner friendly trails across the front range paired with clinics featuring expert guest speakers.

In this 5 week program we will cover: 

– Pacing, hill technique and fitness for mountain biking
– Wildlife, safety on the trails, trail etiquette, right of way and sustainability.
– Proper shifting and breaking technique
– Gear for mountain biking, how to change a flat, correctly size/adjust your bike and more basics
– How to handle steep grades, technical terrain, switchbacks, water bars, etc


Starting the 3rd week of June-2nd week of July.
Tuesday evening AND Sunday morning options!

More program details:

– We will meet and explore a different trail each week!  (along the c-470 cooridor between Golden-Parker)
–  If you don’t have a bike we have worked out discounted rentals with Elevation Cycles and they will help you/teach you how to get it into any sized vehicle!
– Includes swag + a big discount on a new bike if you decide to invest in your new found hobby!
– We’ve partnered up with Switchback Chics of Colorado for this program.  After you “graduate” from the program they will be organizing regular social rides so you can continue to work on your newly learned skills.
– All L2S programs are beginner centric and designed to be inclusive and provide an atmosphere of encouragement.  Most sessions will include a L2S “trailblazer”, a women with experience mountain biking and familiar with local trails to help make sure all participants feel safe and included (no one left behind)!
– Make new friends to ride with!

*L2S members save 15% on all programs and attend special events/clinics free or at cost!  Learn more about joining our community now here!

Register early, spots are limited!!

Women’s trail running clinic

Sample itinerary:

Session #1:
Introduction and Gear clinic with Elevation Cycles 
A mountain bike pro will join us for a talk about gear for mountain biking, pedals, how to change a flat, proper bike fitting, etc.
4 mile easy ride on the Backcountry wilderness trails in Highlands Ranch.  These are non-technical, fun flowy trails with views of Mount Evans and Longs Peak.

Session #2: 
Technical terrain talk/demo with Elevation Cycles at Hayden/Green Mountain Park
We will practice balance points, weight distribution, shifting and breaking techniques and turning before heading out. Green Mountain in Lakewood boasts a variety of easy to moderate trails.  We will choose a route that winds to the top of the “mountain” with views of the city and surrounding foothills while practicing our skills on sections with loose rock and steeper grades.

Session #3:
Wildlife and trail safety talk with Jeffco Park rangers
Before we ride a park ranger will discuss the local wildlife, how to handle encounters, safety on the trails, trail etiquette, right of way and sustainability.
5 mile ride at Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen.  This gorgeous trail winds through open fields filled with wildflowers (and sometimes a herd of Elk) and thick Evergreen forests.  We will have plenty of opportunity to practice our skills on more technical terrain during this ride.

Session #4:
Fitness and pacing for mountain biking
At Phillip S Miller Park in Castle Rock.  These fast, fun and smooth trails wind up, down and around this vast trail system with epic views of the Pikes Peak in the backdrop.  This roller coaster like terrain is the perfect place to hone in our pacing and skills for quick shifting and sharp curves.  Post run we will talk about fitness for mountain biking and what you should be doing off the bike to prevent injury and improve your strength and stamina for longer, tougher rides.

Session #5:
Graduation ride!
Time to show off your new mountain biking skills!  We will enjoy a long, sustained climb to the top of North Table Mountain in Golden.  After that it’s all fun!  Take in the views from the top of the mesa and then the flowing descent through a variety of terrain.  After this 7-8 mile ride we will kick back with a cold brew or kombucha at New Terrain Brewing, you’ve earned it!

Women’s trail running clinic